Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 242–254

Family Financial Pressure and Maternal and Adolescent Socioemotional Adjustment: Moderating Effects of Kin Social Support in Low Income African American Families

  • Ronald D. Taylor
  • Mia Budescu
  • Azeb Gebre
  • Irma Hodzic
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10826-012-9688-8

Cite this article as:
Taylor, R.D., Budescu, M., Gebre, A. et al. J Child Fam Stud (2014) 23: 242. doi:10.1007/s10826-012-9688-8

Abstract

The moderating effect of kinship social support on the association of family financial pressure with socioemotional adjustment was examined in 200 African American mothers and adolescents. Financial pressure was positively associated with mothers’ depressive symptoms and negatively related to mothers’ optimism about the future. Financial pressure was also positively associated with adolescents’ depressive symptoms and problem behavior. Kin social support was negatively linked to mothers’ depressive symptoms and positively associated with optimism. Kin support was negatively related to adolescents’ problem behavior. Kinship support moderated the association of family financial pressure with mothers’ and adolescents’ adjustment. Positive association of financial pressure with mothers’ depression was less apparent for mothers with more compared to less kin social support. Also, negative association of financial pressure with mothers’ optimism was less apparent for mothers with more compared to less kin social support. Positive relation of financial pressure with adolescents’ problem behavior was less apparent for those with more compared to less kin social support. The need to assess the links of kin social support to other domains of family life such as marital relations is discussed.

Keywords

Financial pressureAdjustmentAfrican AmericanMothersAdolescents

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald D. Taylor
    • 1
  • Mia Budescu
    • 1
  • Azeb Gebre
    • 1
  • Irma Hodzic
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA